State unemployment rate remains at 5.3 percent

Washington experienced some job growth in July, but the unemployment rate stayed at 5.3 percent—the same rate as June 2015 and the same as the national unemployment rate, according to estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The number of unemployed—those who currently do not have a job but have actively looked for work in the last four weeks—rose slightly from 187,000 in June 2015 to 188,600 in July.

Washington’s unemployment rate in July 2014 was 6.2 percent.

“Washington’s economy continues on a positive track with 5,900 new nonfarm jobs from June to July 2015,” said state labor economist Paul Turek in a press release. “The number of people in the labor market decreased slightly since last month but we still have roughly 52,000 more people in the labor market than we did in July 2014 – and the majority of industries continued to experience growth.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release employment numbers for Whatcom County next week.

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